WALK WITH ME

Fred Jamar, July 2022


July 1, 5-8pm


Artist(s):

Fred Jamar

About the Exhibit

Robert Lange Studios upcoming exhibit, “Walk With Me” features the work of local cityscape painter Fred Jamar. This latest series of paintings capture intersecting moments of an old city while…

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Robert Lange Studios upcoming exhibit, “Walk With Me” features the work of local cityscape painter Fred Jamar. This latest series of paintings capture intersecting moments of an old city while letting the image tell a universal story about a place or experience. The works represent the next chapter in a continuing storyline of the artist’s five decade long painting career. All are welcome to attend the event from 5–8PM opening at Robert Lange Studios during the First Friday Art Walk. The artist will be on hand to answer questions.

 

For this latest series Jamar has created a map of all the locations in the show and encourages viewers to walk through Charleston finding the homes as a way to better understand his process.

 

“Walk With ME” showcases the paintings from a career that began near 60 years ago. Charleston favorite, Fred Jamar, who was born in the village of Stembert in Southern Belgium, began painting aboard a freight ship while in the Merchant Marines.

 

“My first painting was on a scrap of discarded tarp. I used the paint that color-codes the ships pipes and made brushes out of old clothes,” said Jamar. Now, hundreds of paintings later, Jamar is capturing the moments where an old world and a new world intersect. The works include everything from power lines to trashcans, from parking signs to palm trees. “I paint every part of the street’s story and I add in a little imagination,” says Jamar.

 

When it comes to painting, Jamar believes its important not to be to serious– in these most recent works he uses the landscapes from his immediate surroundings as primary images and then incorporates elements from his imagination, including brightly colored and highly stylized bubble trees. The end result is a fanciful memory of intersecting streets.

 

The works are filled with strong shadows that hint at a certain time of day, at the same time the dark Prussian blue skies create a feeling of drama and privacy, giving these paintings a familiar but distant feeling. Although the works are devoid of people the colorful and bold perspectives, including aerial views, show a new perspective of the world.

 

“Wherever I look, I can imagine a painting,” says Jamar. “I love to search for a place in the city that wants to tell a story.”

 

The artist says he draws inspiration from familiar colors, crisscrossing power lines and even old chipping paint on clapboarded houses. “These old houses are already filled with so much texture and pattern it’s easy to use them as inspiration,” says Jamar.

Exhibit Images


Opening Night

ROBERT LANGE STUDIOS

TWO QUEEN ST, CHARLESTON

Robert Lange Studios